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StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson: Young Readers Edition

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Thomas Elkins…Keeping it Cold!

Invention: Refrigerating Apparatus Patent No: 221,222 Date: November 4, 1879 Meet Thomas Elkins, Inventor Extraordinaire! In Thomas' day, food was kept cool by packing blocks of...

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